Working as a Housekeeper

1355 WordsMay 1, 20056 Pages
Today's workers and families are overworked and stressed. After working through a 9-to-5 job, feeding and putting the children to bed, the last thing anyone wants to worry about is cleaning the house. Weekends are spent running errands and spending quality time with friends and family members. Therefore, many families are looking for outside assistance with housekeeping. In the past, housekeepers were thought of as the "hired help" and were thus treated like 18th century scullery maids. This is no longer the case. Housekeepers have reached a well-deserved level of respectability for their highly appreciated services. Starting a house cleaning business is an easy job for most people because there is very little start up cost involved. To…show more content…
Will you work in a house that has any pets? Will you be bringing your own trusted supplies or will the client supply his or her own cleaning products? Do you want to be paid by cash, check, or money order? How much will you charge? Per hour? Per job? All of these issues become your policy and they need to be spelled out in black and white for your clientele. Also, you should include a sample work order. For example, in cleaning a bedroom, what is to be done? You might write: *Ceiling fan dusted *Shelving dusted *Bedroom furniture dusted *Sheets changed and bed made *Carpet vacuumed. If your clientele wants something done that is not on the work order, then you can custom create a work order especially for that person. Each time you clean that person's home you can leave a copy of the work order with the items checked off, so both you and your clientele will have a copy of what has been done. This is will facilitate any confusion over the classic "he said, she said" situation as well as the bad habit of having notes left for you that read, "By the way, while you are at it, could you please scrub the kitty litter pan?" Do only what has formerly been agreed to, in your case, what appears on the work order. Also, in your packet of information you should include at least two references. References can be tough to come by when you are just starting out. A good way to avoid this problem is to volunteer to clean a friend or
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